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Kearney was mentored by founding publisher of the Arkansas State Press Newspaper,

and Arkansas’ civil rights legend Daisy Gatson Bates, of the 1957 Central High Crisis

 

 

Cotton Field of Dreams

By Janis F. Kearney

 

Janis F. Kearney, former publisher of the Arkansas State Press Newspaper, board member of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and personal diarist to President William Jefferson Clinton, has written her first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: a Memoir.

According to her Chicago-based independent publishing house, Writing our World Press, January 1, 2005 is the official publication date of the memoir. A special edition, however, debuted in November, during the William J. Clinton Library Inaugural Celebration held in Arkansas.

Cotton Field of Dreams chronicles Kearney’s amazing journey from the southeast Arkansas Delta where Civil Rights was a dream, cotton was king and education was the carrot that stayed just out of reach for many blacks. Her memoir paints a vivid picture of the roles of women, children and families in the Arkansas delta, and the lessons the Kearney children learned from wise, under-educated parents whose greatest gift to their 17 children was a permission to dream.

Kearney was mentored by founding publisher of the Arkansas State Press Newspaper, and Arkansas’ civil rights legend Daisy Gatson Bates, of the 1957 Central High Crisis. She is currently a visiting fellow and part-time faculty at DePaul University, where she is completing her next book, an oral historical biography on former President William Jefferson Clinton. She has one son, Darryl, and resides in Chicago with her husband, Bob Nash.

Cotton Field of Dreams speaks of the black and white community’s amazement at the dirt poor sharecroppers -- air of people with something; and, how these parents with little to speak of, kept their children out of school during harvest season, yet inspired in them a deep love of learning, and an unwavering faith in a brighter tomorrow. These teachings resulted in 16 Kearney children entering and graduating from such colleges as Harvard Law school, Stanford Law school, Yale Law school, Brown University and other fine schools around the country. Two Kearney siblings served in the Clinton Administration, and four served under Governor Clinton’s administration.

Kearney’s memoir has garnered outstanding marks by people like noted author and memoirist Marita Golden, who wrote: “Janis Kearney writes straight from the heart. This is a lovely celebration of her family’s strengths, journeys, tests and triumphs. Cotton Field of Dreams is a book to treasure, a book that will restore as well as reward.

International attorney, author and friend to Presidents, Vernon Jordan says, Janis F. Kearney achieves a rare feat in writing both poignantly and despairingly of that period in American history most Southern writers either sugar-coat or paint with wide, dark brushes of horror.

E. Lynn Harris, an Arkansas native and prolific novelist, writes: “Janis F. Kearney’s Cotton Field of Dreams is exquisite writing. Hers is a story that touches the soul in its beauty and ugly truths about America’s South.”

Roland Barksdale-Hall, Managing Editor of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, says, “well-written, Cotton Field of Dreams is a welcome addition to libraries, seamlessly weaving lyrical prose and poignant human drama to entice the reluctant and satisfy the mature to read.”

For more information regarding the book, go to www.writingourworldpress.com   For information regarding the author’s book tour, or to inquire about scheduling an event, contact Patrick Oliver at wowpress@aol.com

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The Persistence of the Color Line

Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

By Randall Kennedy

Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama” . . .

The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled “Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”  Recalling some of the criticisms of America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who “never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved.”  His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.

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The Price of Civilization

Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Price of Civilization is a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. Sachs finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex economic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization’s long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America’s single biggest economic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global economic realities. Sachs describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. . . . Sachs offers a plan to turn the crisis around. He argues persuasively that the problem is not America’s abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values.

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The White Masters of the World

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W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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